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Vision Conference in Võru

On the 14th of March 2017 the Vision Conference entitled “Let’s add some momentum to the wheels” (Annami tsõõrilõ vunki mano) took place in the Võru cultural center Kannel. The conference included plenary presentations and workshops. One of the workshops focusing on the question “How to breathe new life into the heritage conservation areas...
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Amalgamation related training cource

On the 22nd of March 2017, Geomedia consultant Rivo Noorkõiv and Cumulus Consulting consultant Mihkel Laan are conducting a training on “Preparing amalgamation in local government units”. The training’s objective is to assist local government units to successfully prepare before the upcoming municipality council elections in October 2017. The training will deal with important topics...
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Amalgamation reform- first phase end

The first phase of the amalgamation reform has now been finalized. In the course of the amalgamation negotiations, decision were taken about the formation of new local government units. The achieved agreements determine the number of inhabitants, the territorial configuration and the area of the future urban and rural municipalities. However, now it is...
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Amalgamation reform and self-determination in villages

Sociologist Ivi Proos and human geographer Rivo Noorkõiv discuss in the amalgamation reform blog how the amalgamation reform and the merger of local government units influence village communities and which opportunities communities have to take part in the merger negotiations. What influences peoples attitudes towards rural and urban municipality mergers, why are their opinions so...
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Urban and Rural Municipality Days 2017

On March, 15-16 2017, the annual “Urban and Rural Municipality Days” were held for the 13th time. During the fair-conference like event, many seminars, topical workshops and discussions took place. Although the target group were above all municipality leaders and specialist in the field, also officials from state institutions and the public sector, entrepreneurs...
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Forum analyzed amalgamation reform

On the 4th of November the Estonian Broadcast TV show “Forum” made the amalgamation reform subject of discussion. Participants in the discussion were the Minister of State Administration, Arto Aas, and the Members of Parliament, Jüri Ratas, Siim Kiisler and Henn Põlluaas. Külli Taro from the Foundation Estonian Cooperation Assembly...